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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Having worked tirelessly for two years to complete all relevant parts of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, the end was in sight for our 2014/15 team. All they needed to do was their final qualifying expedition. The area was chosen, (Hadrian's Wall, from Carlisle easterly), the team was ready, the routes were planned, the meals chosen and finally the bags were packed. They were on their way.

Day one saw the group arrive at Carlisle and get a taste of student life early. The sleeping arrangements for the night were the student halls of residence. The group were able to explore Carlisle and get an early night ready for a long walk the next day.

The next morning the group were up and ready to leave by 0730. They were taken to where Hadrian's Wall historically began, Bowness on Solway. From here they followed the Solway east to arrive at their campsite for the night. In searing heat, the group managed to wind their way through footpaths, bridleways and over bridges to get to their end point for that day.

After a well deserved rest, the group were fresh and ready to face the blistering weather and their walk on the next day to the beautiful SandySike Farm. Having consumed enough water over the course of the walk to fill a swimming pool, the group kept their cool and breezed to their camp early. Here they enjoyed views across Cumbria and onto Northumberland.

Having not slept too well due to a large number of noisy sheep the group awoke to find the weather had changed for the worse. A day of near tropical downpours followed them along the path of the Wall to Walltown Crags. With the onset of the rain, out came the midges. After a number of stealthy moves, that a ninja would be proud of, the group bedded in for their final night under the canvas.

Friday brought the sun to the Wall. After a short walk, the group visited the largest historical site found in the area, Housesteads Roman Fort. Here the group learned about daily life for the Romans living and working on the Northern frontier of the Empire.

With heavy eyes and sore feet, the group arrived back at the Academy having completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

I would like to congratulate the group for all their efforts and thank the staff that made the trip happen.

Report by - Mr Johnson



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